Drunk driving is more prominent at different times of the year, and Labor Day weekend is a time when it may be more common for drivers to drink and get behind the wheel. To reduce the number of drunk drivers and discourage unsafe behaviors, Ohio law enforcement agencies are working together to increase enforcement. This increase in patrols is expected to last through Labor Day weekend.
Increased enforcement in all counties
This increased level of enforcement is planned for all 88 counties. During the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, there will be more officers looking for drivers who exhibit behaviors typically associated with drunk driving. This includes swerving, driving at erratic speeds and more. According to statistics, there were 12 fatalities during Labor Day weekend last year, and three of those crashes involved a drunk driver.
According to law enforcement, many drunk driving fatalities take place at night as people are leaving gatherings. They ask that all drivers have a plan to get home safely, whether that is calling for a ride or designating a sober person to drive. In Ohio, a drunk driving violation can result in expensive fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and more.
Charged with drunk driving?
If charged with drunk driving, an Ohio driver has the right to fight the charges. Through a thoughtfully prepared defense strategy, it may be possible to effectively challenge the prosecution’s case. An assessment of the individual case will determine the specific defense options available.